This Week in Fintech 31 January

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This weekly summary from our 5 experts, brings you insights based on their experience as investors, entrepreneurs & executives.

Ilias Hatzis started his first company, an internet search engine, during the dot-com era & now focusses on crypto.

Efi Pylarinou worked for top tier Wall Street firms and is now a top global Fintech influencer.

Jessica Ellerm is CEO of Zuper Superannuation & previously worked for a top Fintech startup, Tyro.

Patrick Kelahan is a CX, engineering & insurance professional, working with Insurers, Attorneys & Owners.

Bernard Lunn is CEO of Daily Fintech and author of The Blockchain Economy.

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Your Editor is Bernard Lunn. He is also the CEO of Daily Fintech and author of The Blockchain Economy.

Monday Ilias Hatzis @iliashatzis our Greece-based crypto entrepreneur (Founder & CEO at Mercato Blockchain Corporation AG and Weekly Columnist at Daily Fintech) wrote From ICOs to STOs and IEOs. What is next in the evolution of crypto fundraising?

Funding is a prerequisite for any new crypto project or startup. At the dawn of the new decade, we’ve seen a decline in token sales as source of funding. Where is the capital for crypto projects going to come from? Will traditional investment vehicles, like venture capital become more significant or will we see another evolution in crypto fundraising?

Editor note: ICOs were great for entrepreneurs but not investors. Legacy VC was the other way round. Security Token Offerings (STOs) may get the balance right.  

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Tuesday Efi Pylarinou @efipm our Swiss-based Fintech Adviser,  founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019 wrote 50 Diverse Takeaways from Davos WEF2020

I am transparently stealing Ben Pring’s format to honor the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, with my own 50 diverse takeaways. Some are my own big picture opinions from spending two intense full days in Davos and participating in two side events. Others are takeaways from the diverse speakers that I had the privilege to listen to. And some are my Tech innovation picks again from the events I participated.

Editor note: What a smorgasbord of brain food from Efi’s two days at the WEF in Davos!

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Wednesday Jessica Ellerm @jessicaellerm, our Australia-based Fintech entrepreneur and thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy & CEO/Co-Founder of Zuper, a new superannuation startup in Australia wrote Nimbla To Take Invoice Insurance Mainstream With Barclays Deal

This week news broke that Barclays would partner with Rise accelerator participant Nimbla. The startup offers an interesting fintech proposition to SMEs – invoice insurance – and the deal with Barclays will see the company get access to the high street bank’s one million customers.

Editor note: Invoice insurance at the right price and with low friction – not easy to do – will provide a real alternative to SME Financing options such as Factoring and Supply Chain Finance. 

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Thursday Patrick Kelahan @insuranceeleph1, our US based Insurtech expert (a CX, engineering & insurance professional, working with Insurers, Attorneys & Owners who also serves the insurance and Fintech world as the ‘Insurance Elephant’) wrote When a traditional risk fix isn’t the fix, and sometimes a fix needs to be found for a risk

It’s an increasingly connected world- digitally and physically- and that means occurrences there increasingly have effects on business existence here.  ‘Effects’ means risk, risk means exposure, and exposure means need for insurance.  Climate/environmental occurrences, urban congestion, or virus outbreaks have far reaching consequences.  It used to be that businesses simply dealt with consequences over which they had no control in mitigating, and who was dealing with the issues were local to the effect or involved in the business or its collaterals. Is that true in today’s insurance world?

Editor note: Insurance is on the front lines of a dangerous world. We expect Insurance to deliver when the poop hits the fan. If your job is to figure out how to do that, check out this post. 

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Friday  Bernard Lunn, CEO of Daily Fintech and author of The Blockchain Economy, wrote: Security Token news for Week ending 31 January 2020

Editor note: This weekly snapshot is the news that matters for busy senior people in the Security Token market.

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